India 17/3 at the end of Day 1. The Rain God and Suranga Lakmal have reigned supreme on Day 1. Virat Kohli had said after the toss that even he would had chosen to bat first and you can see why. KL Rahul faced brute of a delivery for a first ball but then Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli were all at sea against Lakmal who was milking the conditions. Cheteshwar Pujara managed to blunt him out but thus far, he seems to be the only batsman who is somewhat comfortable with Lakmal. He is given company by Rahane and the hosts will be hoping that the duo can get them out of this soup. (FULL LIVE SCORECARD)
India vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 1, Highlights
1615 hrs IST: That’s it! Day has been called off due to bad light.
— BCCI (@BCCI) 16 November 2017
1545 hrs IST: Bad light comes into play and interrupts play once again. Pujara is on 8 off 43 balls while Rahane is yet to get off the mark. Suranga Lakmal is all over the hosts but the same cannot be said about Gamage. Lakmal has not given a run away and has taken three wickets in the six overs he has bowled so far
1527 hrs IST: GONE! Virat Kohli caught leg before wicket, Lakmal’s third wicket, the Indian captain has to walk off for a duck, India 17/3. Nigel Llong gives it and Kohli reviews. The impact is in line and it is umpire’s call. Kohli walks, India in all sorts of trouble
1503 hrs IST: Tea has been taken at Eden Gardens. All in all, about half a session has been played so far and India have struggled in it. There are no rains or covers at the moment so light remains the only factor in causing or not causing a further delay in the match
1426 hrs IST: Its raining again and the players walk back in. This time though, we have had some cricket that we can review. Sri Lanka have taken advantage of the pitch and knocked the head off the Indian batting lineup. Pujara has been sage-like in his 8 off 32. Virat Kohli is giving him company and he is yet to get off the mark
1417 hrs IST: OUT! Shikhar Dhawan bowled by Suranga Lakmal. Dhawan tries to drive and ends up getting an inside edge to it, the ball crashes on to the stumps. The pitch is doing a whole lot for the seamers and thus far, Only Cheteshwar Pujara has been at home. Dhawan was struggling all along and in the end, he has to walk
1405 hrs IST: Pujara is blunting out Suranga Lakmal. He was on 0 for 22 deliveries, not allowing Lakmal to get anywhere near his willow. He finally gets off the mark with a four off Gamage, pushing at a delivery just short of a length and directing the ball to third man boundary
1354 hrs IST: Lahiru Gamage bowls the second over and Dhawan manages to get off strike and India off the mark with the first ball. Pujara then fends off the rest of the deliveries. Its moving, its bouncing, this pitch is certainly the practice that India needs before they go to South Africa
1349 hrs IST: Well how about that, Lakmal bowled an almost unplayable delivery first up that seams away late and Rahul could do nothing but poke at it rooted to the spot. He then tries doing the same to Pujara but the latter decided not to have anything to do with it. What a start for Sri Lanka
1343 hrs IST: OUT! The long-awaited first ball of this Test match is bowled and KL Rahul nicks it to the keeper! Suranga Lakmal strikes
1330 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul walk out, so do the Sri Lankan team, everything was almost set and it starts drizzling, the players walk right back in and the covers come back. It doesn’t look like a harsh shower though and the players were not sprinting their way back
1316 hrs IST: Team News:
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal (C), Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Dasun Shanaka, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath, Lahiru Gamage.
1307 hrs IST: The big takeaway from what Kohli said is that Murali Vijay won’t be playing and India have gone with Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul as their openers
1302 hrs IST: We have a toss! And the outcome is that Sri Lanka have won the toss and elected to bowl first. “We would have bowled first too,” Virat Kohli says after that
1229 hrs IST: Inspection at 12:45 PM
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1155 hrs IST:
Covers coming off. Inspection expected at 12.15. #INDvsSL
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1138 hrs IST: Lunch has been taken at Eden Gardens, inspection scheduled at 12:15 PM.
1120 hrs IST: The outfield covers have come off, pitch remains wrapped. It hasn’t been raining for at least 30-45 minutes is what the commentators are saying.
1032 hrs IST: Rains is the only thing happening at the Eden Gardens right now. The players are all in their dressing rooms and there are a few umbrellas around the ground. Untill we get further updates, you may read about why it is that Kolkata is struggling to find context in this match, and indeed the series: For India, little to lose, not much to gain
0953 hrs IST: It seems the ground staff had started taking the covers off but it has started drizzling again so, back they go. There has been a constant rain threat looming over this first Test
0944 hrs IST: As we wait, read about Ajinkya Rahane’s take on workload, his own form and why this series is important to India: If we want to be no 1, every series is important, says Ajinkya Rahane
0857 hrs IST: Toss delayed due to wet outfield. Kolkata has been receiving rains for the past week and the weather forecast says that the showers are not going to die out any time soon. Word from the middle, however, is that there have not been any rains so far in the day.
0843 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Day 1 of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka. The two teams couldn’t have looked more different in the run up to the series than this. India have been dominant at home in Test cricket, beating New Zealand, Australia, Bangladesh and England. Sri Lanka have had very few bright spots in the seemingly never ending period of transition that they have found themselves caught up in and one of them was a victory in a Test series against Pakistan in the UAE. But that was preceded by a 3-0 hammering they suffered at the hands of India at home and so, them getting anything out of this series would be nothing less than extraordinary.